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SEC Files Settled Financial Fraud Action

One of the key products of Monsanto Company is weed killer Roundup, sold to retailers and distributors but not directly to growers. After the product came off patent generics began to erode its profits. ...more

A New Year's (Awaiting) Resolution

As we close the books on the first chapter of our 2016 year, many investors cling to their New Year’s resolutions, hoping to make a material change that catalyzes a happy, healthy, and productive New Year. Yet it is a...more

The SEC is focusing its enforcement and investigation efforts on preparers and auditors of financial statements, Mary Jo White...

In a recent address, SEC Chair Mary Jo White stated that the SEC had focused its reinvigorated investigation and enforcement efforts on holding preparers and auditors accountable for their work on financial statements. She...more

House Committee on Financial Services Approves Bill Exempting Smaller Reporting Companies from Filing Financial Data in XBRL

On January 28, 2016, the House Committee on Financial Services reported favorably on the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act. The bill has been scheduled for consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. ...more

SEC Further Enhances the IPO On-Ramp

The SEC’s rule changes further streamline the pathway for many companies to conduct their initial public offerings and reduce the burdens associated with their subsequent SEC periodic reporting obligations. On January...more

A Financial Statement Guide Through the Seasons - Registering and Offering Securities of US Public Companies at Different Times...

Financial statement considerations can pose challenges for registering or offering securities at certain times of the company’s fiscal year. Companies often observe quarterly earnings blackouts starting around the end of a...more

Financial Statement Triggers - Requirements for New or Updated Financial Statements Can Affect Access to Capital Markets and M&A

Financial statement requirements can surprise US public companies seeking to access the capital markets or to register shares in connection with acquisitions. Fully compliant 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reporting can be inadequate....more

Important Dates and Reminders for Investment Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity Pool...

Investment Advisers - Annual Compliance Reviews: All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or The Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to review their...more

Changes to Ontario Participation Fees for Reporting Issuers

In 2015, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) approved the replacement of OSC Rule 13-502 Fees (Ontario Fee Rule) and its companion policy with a new version, which came into force as of April 6, 2015. The new Ontario Fee...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What Non-US Issuers Need to Know

Introduction - The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What Non-US Issuers Need to Know

Introduction - The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What You Need to Know

The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely straightforward. This User’s...more

SEC Adopts Rules Implementing Forward Incorporation in Form S-1 and Streamlined Financial Statement Requirements for Emerging...

As summarized in our recent client alert “FAST Act Brings Additional Benefits for Emerging Growth Companies and New Resale Exemption,” President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act ("FAST Act"),on...more

Net Working Capital Adjustments in M&A Deals: The Buyer’s Perspective

Working capital is an important measure of a company’s liquidity. Without sufficient working capital, a business will not be able to pay suppliers, employees, landlords and other providers whose goods and services are...more

FASB Issues New Guidance on the Recognition and Measurement of Financial Instruments

On January 5, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new accounting standard which “‘is intended to provide users of financial statements with more useful information on the recognition, measurement,...more

Revisiting the Post-Bankruptcy Toolbox: Don’t Forget to Compare the Financials

For better or worse, lenders have become increasingly familiar with the strange dynamic that is the post-bankruptcy minefield created by their borrowers filing a bankruptcy petition. Immediately, lenders begin thinking about...more

New Crowdfunding Rules for Issuers: Opportunities or Landmines? - Part II

This is the second of our blog posts exploring Regulation Crowdfunding and its provisions before the final rules become effective on May 16, 2016. Issuer Requirements - Certain Issuers Ineligible for...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Records Inspection In Valuation Case

Exactly how much information is a stockholder entitled to under the “necessary, essential and sufficient” standard applied when the stockholder seeks to value his interest in the corporation? This decision suggests that 3...more

Congress Takes the FAST Lane to Important Securities Reforms

On December 4, 2015, the President signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, better known as the FAST Act, which had been approved by a bipartisan Congress. The FAST Act (also referred to in the media as the...more

FAST Act Continues Capital Formation Initiatives of the JOBS Act

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”) was signed into law by President Obama. While not apparent from its name, the FAST Act contains provisions that amend or supplement the...more

FAST Act Speeds-Up Raising Capital

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act. Although primarily a transportation bill, the FAST Act also made changes to the federal securities laws as...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs on FAST Act

As previously reported, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) on December 4. The transportation bill includes several provisions related to securities laws and...more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update - December 2015

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong...more

Get Ready to Be Clawed, With the SEC's Blessing, and It May Cost You Dearly

Imagine you are a former executive of a public company, where your role was unrelated to the preparation of its financial statements, and you are notified years after leaving the company that it will be pursuing the return of...more

Mind the GAAP: Financial Reporting Impact of New Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profits

In April of this year, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) circulated a series of proposed changes to generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) applicable to certain not-for-profits....more

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